Catalog 2010-2012

Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education

This program is designed to improve the student=s competence in teaching young children and in providing leadership for program development and implementation.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for any other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

The degree program in this specialty area focus requires a minimum of 30 semester hours for non-thesis option or 33 semester hours for thesis option.

Students completing the thesis option are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination prepared and administered by the thesis committee. The examination will be comprehensive in nature and will normally accompany the thesis defense. Students completing the thesis option must include 6 hours of 210:299 on the program of study. Students completing the non-thesis option are required to complete (1) the department graduate research requirement and (2) a performance-based and/or standard-based measure demonstrating student competency upon completion of the program.

The program may be extended by students wishing to complete the State of Iowa licensure endorsement for Early Childhood Education.


Required professional core and Curriculum and Instruction core.....15 hours

Specialty area:

  Curriculum and Instruction: 210:155; 210:214; 210:220; 210:221.....12 hours

  Curriculum and Instruction: 210:299.....3 or 6 hours

    Thesis option (6 hrs.)

    Non-thesis option (3 hrs.)